The Leslie Sacks Contemporary gallery in Santa Monica will present Treasure Sites, an exhibition of works by Joanne Lefrak, beginning Saturday, Jan. 12 through Feb. 23.
‘Plexi-drawings’ by Joanne Lefrak to be on view at Leslie Sacks Contemporary
An opening reception is scheduled from 5 to 7 p.m. Jan. 12 at the Bergamot Station gallery, 2525 Michigan Ave. B6, Santa Monica.
Lefrak, who is based in Santa Fe, NM, creates intricate drawings on Plexiglas that when illuminated, cast shadows onto the wall behind them.
Lefrak’s “plexi-drawings” are rich in detail and borrow much from the school of Photorealism, a gallery spokesperson said. Like photorealists, she starts her process first by capturing images on her camera and then using the photographs as templates for her drawings.
Her subject matter also merges past with present, and her drawings depict locations that have rich histories, the spokesperson said. These locales tell stories about the past, revealing memories, mysteries and myths about a place — an island that harbors the legend of Blackbeard the pirate; a Santa Fe plot of dirt that is revered as holy; and a plot of land in New Mexico that marks the site of the first atomic bomb test.
Black Hole (Inside) is part of Lefrak’s Trinity series, named for the Santa Fe site where the first atomic bomb test took place on July 16, 1945. The work depicts the eerie image of a surplus store in Los Alamos, where objects used in the making of the atomic bomb are sold, said the gallery spokesperson.
Information, (310) 264-0640, or www.lesliesackscontemporary.com.